Plane crash at Northampton Airport causes minor damage, no injuries

Published: 11/24/2017 4:01:44 PM

NORTHAMPTON – A fixed-wing, single-engine airplane went off the runway at the Northampton Airport while landing Friday morning,  causing minor damage. No one was injured.

Northampton Police were called to the airport on Old Ferry Road about 8:40 a.m. Friday. Northampton Police Det. Jared LaValle said the  aircraft’s pilot lost control of the plane while landing, causing it to “porpoise,” veer off the runway and strike a landing light. The pilot was not identified.

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association states that a porpoise “usually occurs when the airplane hits nose gear first, the nose rebounds, and the mains then come down abruptly.”

The pilot, who was the only person in the plane, was not injured, LaValle said.

Massachusetts State Police were notified of the incident because it has jurisdiction, LaValle said. State Police turn over any pertinent information to the Federal Aviation Administration, and in the case of serious crashes, the National Transportation Safety Bureau.

Rich MacIsaac, manager of the airport, said that minor incidents like the one that occurred Friday have only happened about five times in his 14 years.

MacIsaac said the plane is based at Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee.

Emily Cutts can be reached at

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